The Queens Gambit Accepted

The acceptance of the gambit leads to the exchange of a center Pawn for a side Pawn. In itself, this is not to be recommended, but there are other aspects of the Queen's Gambit Accepted which motivate the strategy followed by Black, as will be explained below and during the course of the game. Compared with the various lines of the Queen s Gambit Declined, the Queen's Gambit Accepted has the advantage that the development of the Black Queen's Bishop does not constitute a problem. On the other...

Pkb

The beginner probably plays this move without any idea of its real strategic significance, but let us consider what the move means to the master. To the master, the opening phase of the game is a struggle for control of the center that is, for control of squares K4, Q4, K5, and Q5. (Read Introduction 28 Center Control.) By playing 1 P-KB4, White exerts pressure on his K5-square, for Black cannot now put a Pawn or a piece there without its being taken. (Read Introduction 24 Pressure.) 1P-KB4...

RxB

The previous phase of the game centered around the idea of White's obtaining the square Q6, and now he gets it by means of a sacrifice. If now 15 PxR 16 B-Q6 must win. For instance, 16 Q-Q2 (or Q-N2) 17 BxP, threatening both 18 B-N5 (18 QxB 19 N-Q6ch) and 18 N-Q6ch. Contrast the concept of 15 RxB with the superficial 15 NxB, playing for the isolated Pawn. In this case, White, who is a Pawn down, relinquishes his attack for only a small positional compensation. Black must exchange the dangerous...

PxBQxNP mate

Notice the role played by the mating pattern that is, mate by the Black Queen along with the White diagonal K1-R4. As soon as the possibility of such a mate came into view, Black kept it constantly in mind. But note also that he explored alternate possibilities which would have left him with material superiority, had White succeeded in defending himself against mate itself. The discarded line Playing for the big advantage Chess rules The open line King and Queen of the same color on an open...